Review: IK Multimedia T-RackS Deluxe

Introduction
T-RackS 3 is a suite of high-quality digital and analog-modelled VST/AU/RTAS Dynamics and EQ processors, for mixing and mastering. T-RackS can also be used outside of your DAW as a standalone mastering application. Version 3.5.1 is the latest at the time of this review.
T-RackS Standard comes with the 4 ‘classic’ processors and metering suite as individual plugins also available within the T-Racks Shell or standalone.
T-Racks Deluxe has all the same functionality but adds a few more processors for a total of 9 including two analog modelled devices, the Fairchild Limiter and Pultec Tube Equalizer.
Each of the processors are also available for $99 each. The two newest additions to the T-RackS family – Black 76 Limiting Amplifier (modelled after Urei 1176), and White 2A Leveling Amplifier (Modelled after Urei LA2A Tube compressor/limiter), are only available as add-on purchases.
The decision to offer the individual processors was based on user feedback and common use. When T-RackS 3 was first released it was considered a mastering plugin, but users started liking the effects for mixing as well. Splitting up the system outside of the T-RackS Shell has made things much more convenient. Continue reading Review: IK Multimedia T-RackS Deluxe

Free Plugin Of The Week – KOMPLETE 7 PLAYERS

Native Instruments KOMPLETE 7 is out now and it’s a massive 90GB. There’s a smaller more affordable bundle called KOMPLETE 7 Elements with 12GB of content, and for FREE you can get the 1GB KOMPLETE 7 Players.

KOMPLETE 7 PLAYERS brings you four powerful audio platforms from Native Instruments for free, ready to use in your studio or on stage: REAKTOR 5 PLAYER, GUITAR RIG 4 PLAYER, KONTAKT 4 PLAYER and KORE 2 PLAYER. The included libraries provide over 450 high-quality sounds and effects ranging from futuristic synthesizers to edgy drum rhythms, stage-ready keys, versatile amp emulations, effects and much more. All Players are bundled into one installation file, making the setup as comfortable as possible.

Enjoy the sheer quality of Native Instruments products with 1 GB of sounds for free, and expand the included sounds at any time by selecting from a huge and constantly growing range of KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects, available directly in the NI Online Shop.

This is Mac and PC compatible in Standalone, VST, AU and RTAS formats. These are somewhat limited but you may get plenty of use from them. A really nice taste of what KOMPLETE contains.

I downloaded this on the weekend and played with them a little. I can see myself using some of the REAKTOR 5 PLAYERS for pads and loops. GUITAR RIG 4 PLAYER won’t get much use as a guitar amp, but should prove useful as an effects unit. KORE 2 PLAYER AND KONTAKT 4 PLAYER have been around for a while and see some use from time to time in my studio.

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Big deals on Pro Tools Plugins

Our friends at the AIR Users blog have expanded their shop to offer Pro Tools plugins at big discounts.

The AIR Users Blog Bargain Basement

The AIR Users Blog has teamed up with sellers to offer plug-ins and soon hardware with massive savings. What you get are:

  • low prices, in most cases insanely low!
  • unrivalled support.
  • free training videos and content.
  • the protection of Paypal should you have any issue with your purchase.

Read about why The Bargain Basement was started here.

Free Plugin Of The Week: Elysia – Niveau filter

It’s been a while since I’ve come across a nice cross-platform FREE plugin so when I heard about this today I knew I had to spread the word. Elysia makes some very cool hardware & software so getting just a taste of that for free is fantastic.

Niveau filter is a balance control over bass and treble. Simple layout and operation with only a few controls. VST, RTAS, AU – Mac, PC

Here’s what Elysia have to say about the Niveau filter:

Get the niveau filter section of our famous mpressor plugin – it’s free! Add punch to muffled snares, reduce the harshness from active pickups, create some wonderful Dub and LoFi sounds… there are so many ways to benefit from this little tool. It’s fast, efficient, and most important: it sounds great!

This filter is a specialist in changing the overall sonic character of a signal with ease. It features two comprehensive controllers and is capable of producing convincing results in no time at all. Whenever a classic shelving filter would be too limited and a fully parametric filter would be too much, the niveau filter is the perfect tool.

Its main function is to change the proportions between high and low frequencies. The principle is quite similar to a pair of scales: Dependent on the gain setting around a variable center frequency, the high frequencies are boosted whereas the low frequencies are attenuated (or vice versa) at the same time.

The center frequency can be shifted continuously between 26 Hz and 2.2 kHz or between 260 Hz and 22 kHz respectively (when the x10 switch is activated). The characteristics of the filter change in the extreme positions of the EQ Gain controller: the fully counter-clockwise setting will give you a low pass filter; fully clockwise position will result in a high pass filter.

Get it here: http://www.elysia.com/software/niveau-filter/

Slate Digital Trigger Drum Replacer Preview

One of the cool new products from Steven Slate is now ready for you to try. Trigger is a realtime drum replacing software that claims to be phase accurate, easy to use and comes with a great set of Steven Slate drums samples. Below is a video where bedridden (seriously!) Steven takes you through what Trigger can do.

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Digidesign Transfuser Excited about Ableton Live

I really love Transfuser, but couldn’t help but LOL at this clever video.

Join in on the discussion of Transfuser in Craig Anderton’s Harmony Central Pro Review

Digidesign A.I.R. Transfuser RTAS instrument Free Preview

Copy and pasted from Digidesign:

Digidesign is excited to introduce the Transfuser™ Preview — a free three-month prerelease version of Transfuser, a brand new, upcoming RTAS® virtual instrument plug-in for Pro Tools® from the Digidesign Advanced Instrument Research (A.I.R.) group. Transfuser is an innovative, real-time loop, phrase, and groove creation workstation that allows you to quickly and easily create, manipulate, and perform loop- and rhythm-based music on the fly. Ideal for electronic, hip-hop, and dance music production, remixing, and anyone working with loops, Transfuser comes packed with a variety of loops and phrases to get you started creating right away. It also offers a great way to quickly and easily modify your existing loop libraries to breathe new life into your creations

  • Easily develop and tweak grooves on the fly within Pro Tools
  • Offers unique tools for working with audio files, including:
    • Real-time slicing and tagging of loops
    • Automatic conversion of loops into
      MIDI patterns/drum kits
    • Sound replacement in existing loops on the fly
  • Musically intelligent randomization of loops for instantly crafting variations on a whim
  • Offers a wide range of real-time effects for electronic, hip-hop, and dance music creation
  • Includes a variety of loops and phrases, and breathes new life into existing loop libraries
  • Supports full drag and drop of Pro Tools regions and audio files from your computer browser
  • Powerful live performance-oriented features allow for both creative arranging and performing of grooves

As Great as Native Instruments stuff is, they’re pretty unstable in the current version of Pro Tools. Rather than waiting for NI to get the plugs working right, Digidesign’s Advanced Instrument Research department has given the Pro Toolers another reason to forget about NI. Transfuser looks to be in competition with Kontakt. Looks pretty awesome to me, and judging from the samples it sounds awesome too.

I can’t wait to try it out.

http://www2.digidesign.com/transfuserpreview/index.cfm

Thanks to Dr. J for the heads up on this.